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Pooswa
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Member since Jul 2018
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Pediatric Heart Specialist
Don’t post on here a lot but I’ve seen this board help people out when needed. My son was born with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) which is somewhat normal and doesn’t cause harm in most cases and will close over time. It caused a heart murmur and that’s how it was discovered the murmur was gone within about two years of birth. Now he’s seven and doc heard it again and has the possibility to be more serious. A atrial septal defect (ASD) which is serious or it could be his PFO that never went away which would be the best case

Just looking for any recommendations on specialists if this does turn out to be something more serious.

TLDR..need recommendations on kids cardiac specialist .

I’m in Lafayette,La and his doctor is referring us to someone just looking for options in case things turn out to be bad.
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Ricardo
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
It would help to know what area you're in.

I would also ask your child's pediatrician for specialists he/she is familiar with and within your insurance plan.

Every cardiologist receives some pediatric training. More importantly they know who they would send their kid to. That's probably how I would pursue this. I would try to get a meeting with a cardiologist and ask their opinion if your pediatrician isn't of much help. (Or if you're looking for a second opinion.)
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lsustone57
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Covington
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
If around NO, Thomas Young at Ocshner has taken care of all 3 of my kids and my wife who is repaired Tetrology of Fallot. Would highly recommend


Jake88
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Michael Crapanzano is a pediatric cardiologist in Baton Rouge.


MotorBoater
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
I second Micheal Crapanzano.


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Pooswa
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Thanks added info to my op.


Theotherpikecounty
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Find dr braden. Used to be in the brookhaven/jackson area.


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windshieldman
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Dr King in Monroe is considered one of the top in the south.
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Springlake Tiger
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Ben Peeler at Ochsner


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Arbengal
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
I am offering this info to truly help you in your decision making. My child had transposition of the great vessels and a vsd at birth. Ending up having open heart surgery at 4 months. We were fortunate enough to have the Cleveland Clinic brought to our attention. They are the world standard in heart care. My son is now 22. Played football and is very active (attending doc at birth said he would never play any sport). Get a referral and go see them. We had a doc tell us we were going to have to have open heart again on my child 2 years ago as he heard some issues on a bi annual test. We went straight back to Cleveland and got a clear bill of health. They explained to us that the doc didn’t realize the differences in my kid’s heart after the original operation and that the abnormalities he was seeing we’re actually normal in our instance. This same doc ended up getting a prestigious offer at a Texas hospital. He caused us a great deal of unwarranted anguish. The pattern is that world class healthcare can make a huge difference in your child’s life. Go see them. You won’t be sorry! May God bless you and your family


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Ricardo
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Make sure that whoever you go to allows you to get a copy of the echocardiogram; that way you have additional information for a second opinion. Even if you go to another pediatric cardiologist and he/she requests another echo; you have something to compare to.


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Cosmo
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
If he still has a murmur by 7 then its probably time to repair.

Repair is usually via venous catheter and placement of amplatzer.
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The Mick
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
My son had open heart surgery age 2 for ASD he had two large holes and electrical conduction issue. That was 23 years ago so surgeon is retired I’m sure. We went to UAB, I would def recommend researching the surgeons there.

ps - I heard they repair that nowadays without open heart, they come thru armpit intravenous procedure
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lsupride87
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
quote:

If around NO, Thomas Young at Ocshner has taken care of all 3 of my kids and my wife who is repaired Tetrology of Fallot. Would highly recommend

This is who I would recommend


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im4LSU
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Member since Aug 2004
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
UAB. I was born with 5 congenital heart defects (2 of which have been mentioned in this thread) and had open heart surgery there when I was 2.5 in 89. Been going back at least once a year for check ups ever since. They have some of the best pediatric cardiologists in the world. I was seeing Dr. Edward Colvin for the past decade+ but he just retired. Mark Cribbs is my cardiologist up there now.

Texas Children's in Houston is up there too. Having another open heart surgery in the next year or so and they will be doing this one.
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fishfighter
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Some of the best Cardo's are at Ochsner in New Orleans.


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chauncey1
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Texas Children's is ranked as the #1 pediatric cardiology hospital in the country for the past three years. They have a new tower that was opened last year. If I were in your situation I would go there.

Boston and CHOP are also renowned.


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LSUA 75
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Colfax,La.
Member since Jan 2019
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
9 y/o boy at our church had heart surgery at Oschners early summer,did well.His Left Coronary Artery branched off his pulmonary artery instead of aorta.Right coronary artery was supplying blood to his heart.He looked perfectly healthy but he would have been high risk for sudden death,especially if he played sports.
What’s sad about the whole deal was family Dr. had heard a murmur,told the mother they didn’t think it was anything to worry about.So the kid needs some dental work,dentist hears the murmur and insists kid be cleared by cardiologist.Echocardiogram shows the abnormality.


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KillTheGophers
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
I would drive to Monroe, LA and see King.


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HeadSlash
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re: Pediatric Heart Specialist
Dr. Crapanzano at the lake. Dr. Oschner did my son's surgery for the same condition.


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